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Olustee in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Yankees are Coming

 
 
"The Yankees are Coming" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2012
1. "The Yankees are Coming" Marker
Inscription. "At 8 a'clock in the morning on the 20th instant we were informed that the Yankees were advancing. A part of the brigade was immediately ordered to some rifle pits hastily constructed near at hand, the remainder forming line of battle in open field. In this position we patiently awaited the coming of the foe for an hour, when our General, who is a fair man, concluded to meet halfway."
- Letter from H.W.B. Athens
Southern Banner, March 9, 1864
   Marching west, the Union forces left Barber's Plantation at 6:00 a.m., expecting to defeat the Confederates 32 miles away in Lake City. If successful, the Union then planned to cut off railroad communications between east and west Florida by destroying the railroad bridge over the Suwannee River. Little did they know they would never make it that far.
  By early afternoon the Union Cavalry had driven the Confederate cavalry westward for several miles. As the Union neared the railroad station at Olustee, Confederate resistance grew stronger.
Here is where the bloody, four hour battle began.
 
Location. 30° 12.871′ N, 82° 23.35′ W. Marker is in Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Trail (17 Mile Camp Road) 0.3 miles north
"The Yankees are Coming " Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2012
2. "The Yankees are Coming " Marker
of U.S. 90, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5815 Battlefield Trail, Sanderson FL 32087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olustee Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Olustee (about 300 feet away); Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee) (about 300 feet away); A Legacy Remembered (about 600 feet away); Camp at Sanderson (approx. 7.6 miles away); Mount Zion Baptist Church and Swift Creek Cemetery (approx. 8.9 miles away); Union County (approx. 13.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Olustee.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of Olustee or Battle of Ocean Pond , Wikipedia entry. ...Union casualties were 203 killed, 1,152 wounded, and 506 missing, a total of 1,861 men—almost 40%. Confederate losses were lower: 93 killed, 847 wounded, and 6 missing, a total of 946 casualties in all—but still about 20%. Additionally, Union forces allowed six artillery pieces and 39 horses to be captured as well... (Submitted on April 25, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
"The Yankees are Coming" Marker Picture included : Letter from H.W.B. Athens as mentioned above image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2012
3. "The Yankees are Coming" Marker Picture included : Letter from H.W.B. Athens as mentioned above
Unidentified Lieutenant
Savannah, GA
"The Yankees are Coming" Marker battle scene image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2012
4. "The Yankees are Coming" Marker battle scene
"The Yankees are Coming" Marker included battle map image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2012
5. "The Yankees are Coming" Marker included battle map
The opposing forces make contact.
Olustee Battlefield State Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2012
6. Olustee Battlefield State Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 670 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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